View Full Version : Genesis 1 is Hebrew Poetry

Quantum Weirdness
01-26-2014, 07:19 AM
Here's the vid on it. Thoughts?

01-26-2014, 10:44 AM
Here's the vid on it. Thoughts?

Very nice presentation!

I would quibble with his definitions, though. By his definition Gen 1 is "poetry". But usually the genre of Gen 1 is said to be "narrative". It has the standard grammatical structure of Hebrew narrative, with a string of events introduced by the "preterite" or "waw-consecutive". (Note: the genre is not "historical narrative" as many YECs [young earth creationists] claim. There IS no such genre. The genre is "narrative"; the adjective "historical" describes function, not genre. Narrative genre is not necessarily historical; e.g. Parables are written in narrative genre, but are not historical.)

But the video is correct that all of these elements of Hebrew poetry are present in Gen 1. Gen 1 is a highly structured narrative account, with all the main elements of Hebrew poetry. Maybe it should be called a "poetic narrative" (or a "narrative poem?"). Some have given it the genre label of "cosmogony" to distinguish it from the rest of Hebrew narrative.

02-05-2014, 11:25 AM
Gen 1 certainly has poetical structures within its narrative. I don't know why "historical narrative" could not be fairly described as a "genre" distinct from "allegorical narrative" or "parable narrative" or pure "fictional narrative," though. On what basis do you exclude functional considerations from the question of genre?

noun: genre; plural noun: genres
1. a category of artistic composition, as in music or literature, characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject matter.